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G7 Foreign Ministers Identify Climate Change, Fragility as Priority[viewed]

The G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting convened within the framework of Germany's G7 Presidency to address pressing international issues that impact global peace and security. The meeting resulted in the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting Communiqué, in which the Ministers describe climate change as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, threatening the environment, global security and economic prosperity, and potentially reversing progress made in tackling poverty.

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India, France Express Support to Successful Paris Conference[viewed]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande issued a joint statement affirming their support to ensuring a successful outcome at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, and stressing the importance of timely submissions of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and raising pre-2020 ambition. In the statement, made during an official visit by Prime Minister Modi to Paris, France, the two leaders also announced cooperation on smart cities and sustainable energy.

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Arctic Council Contributes to Safe Shipping and Marine Environmental Protection in the Arctic[viewed]

During Canada's chairmanship, the Arctic Council, primarily through its Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group, has advanced its work on a number of projects related to safe shipping and the protection of the marine environment, including sustainable tourism across the circumpolar Arctic, marine strategic planning, shipping safety and pan-Arctic Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

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UNFF Releases Ministerial Non-Papers[viewed]

The Bureau of the eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) has released non-papers with possible elements for the Ministerial Declaration and Resolution, for consideration ahead of the meeting. The drafts are based on submissions from Member States identifying key elements and priorities.

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Event: Public Event on World Happiness Report 2015[viewed]

The three co-editors of the World Happiness Report – Jeffrey Sachs, Richard Layard, and John Helliwell – will hold a public event to discuss the third World Happiness Report's findings and future directions, on 24 April 2015, in New York, US.

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Event: World Education Forum[viewed]

The World Education Forum (WEF) 2015 will take place under the theme, ‘Equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030'.

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Event: 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice[viewed]

The 13th UN Crime Congress will convene under the theme ‘Integrating crime prevention and criminal justice into the wider UN agenda to address social and economic challenges and to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and public participation.' Participants will discuss: the links between crime prevention, security, justice and sustainable development; successes and challenges in implementation of policies and strategies for preventing crime and criminal justice in order to strengthen the rule of law and support sustainable development; international cooperation to prevent, combat and respond to transnational organized crime; and national approaches to public participation in strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice.

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Event: Employment Working Group Meeting[viewed]

The second Employment Working Group meeting under Turkey's Group of 20 (G20) Presidency will take place on 7-9 May 2015, in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Event: G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies Meeting[viewed]

The third meeting of the Group of 20 (G20) finance and central bank deputies under the Turkish Presidency will be hosted in Washington DC, US, on 16 April 2015.

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Event: G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting[viewed]

The second meeting of the Group of 20 (G20) finance ministers and central bank governors under the Turkish Presidency will be hosted in Washington DC, US, on 16-17 April 2015.

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